Money Saving Tips At The Checkout Counter: Are You Coupon Savvy?

How Coupon Savvy Are You?

couponclippingsIn today’s shaky economy where most Americans (as well as others in countries around the world) find themselves tightening their belts and cutting back on non-essentials. There should be no need to feel embarrassed about clipping coupons and presenting them at the checkout stand as needed. In fact, there are a number of people out there that have gone way beyond that. There are sites now for coupon exchanges, clearinghouses, people putting them on CraigsList, eBay, and many other online classified marketplaces. I’ve even come across a site or two that keeps store ads and coupon ads updated on a daily/weekly basis — which is basically — a locator of where to shop to get a specific item at a particular sale price plus where to find the coupon at for further reductions. You may even be able to combine a store coupon with a manufacturer’s coupon for the ultimate savings. You may even luck out and find “double value coupons” or receive free coupons in the mail for example “spend $25 and get _x_ items for free or 50%-75% off”.

cash-moneyBelow you will find the best and most highly recommended sites for maximizing coupon savings to help stretch your dollar as far as possible. Most included FREE printable coupons on groceries, personal bath products and merchandise for your immediate use on your next shopping trip. A few will give you the latest coupon codes for immediate use.

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Here are a few more ways to become more COUPON SAVVY…

  • Clip Newspaper Coupons – Check the Sunday newspapers for coupon inserts from RedPlum, Smartsource, and PG Brand Savers (Proctor and Gamble). You can get duplicate coupons by purchasing more than one Sunday newspaper. Try asking friends and relatives for coupon inserts that they’re not planning on using.
  • Print Out Internet Coupons – Visit smartsource.com and redplum.com for more money saving coupons. Both sites require you to download free coupon printing software so that grocery clerks will be able to scan them. I love these coupons as I often find they are for $1.00 or more off the regular price of items. Just be sure to check your supermarket’s internet coupon policy. One of my local supermarkets does not accept internet coupons at all. Another local supermarket will accept them, but only up to $1.00.
  • Combine Your Coupons – You can use a combination of newspaper coupons and internet coupons to net big savings at the supermarket. If you time your purchases correctly, you can use these on top of supermarket items already on sale.
  • Study The Sales Circular – Find out what’s on sale and plan your menu around those items. My favorite supermarket’s sales circular saves me some work by making note of corresponding coupons found in newspaper coupon inserts. Another great thing about sales circulars is that many also include additional coupons you can use for more savings.
  • Sign-Up For The Supermarket Savings Program – They go by a variety of names (Super Savers, Price Plus, Advantage Plus, Super Shoppers, etc) but they do the same thing: save you money! When you sign up, you’ll receive a card. Each time you shop, present the card to the cashier and any discounts offered on items you purchased will be taken off. Many savings programs offer free turkeys and hams throughout the year (based on the amount you spend during a certain period of time), mail additional coupons to your home, and even offer discounts for families who purchase lots of baby items.
  • Familiarize Yourself With Your Supermarket’s Savings Policies – Ask the following questions to get the most for your money: Does this store accept competitor’s coupons? Does this store double or triple coupons? Does this store accept internet coupons? What day of the week do sales begin?
  • Stock Up On Items When They Are On Sale – Most supermarkets tend to drop the prices on meat on the “Sell Buy” date. Often times, prices on these meats are significantly reduced because they cannot sell it after this “Sell Buy” date. This is the perfect time to swoop in, scoop up the great deals, and freeze them immediately for later use. This way, you’re able to keep your freezer well stocked.
  • Stockpile Pantry Goods As Well – Save money by purchasing goods BEFORE you need them. When something goes on sale, arm yourself with coupons and buy enough to last 3 months or so. You never want to be forced to pay full price for an item just because you need it now. Plan Ahead
  • Don’t Forget The Drugstores – Great deals can be found on detergents, hygiene products, and paper toiletries at places such as Walgreens, Longs, CVS, and Rite Aid. Check the sales circulars for these stores as well. They often include money saving coupons. Manufacturer’s coupons are generally accepted there as well.
  • Seek Money Saving Solutions Online – Two great places to visit are The Grocery Game and Coupon Mom. Both sites help grocery shoppers keep track of coupons and note when items reach rock bottom prices so you can really save money. The Grocery Game charges a fee for the service, but Coupon Mom does not. Another website to check out is The Grocery Guide. When you enter your zip code, you can choose a supermarket in your area and view the store’s sales. It also tells you if coupons are available and lets you know where to find those coupons.

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Coupons Books for Entertainment & Dining– This one you’ll have to pay for if interested, but has the potential to save you hundreds if you and your family or friends dine out or entertain frequently. There are tons of different editions of this booklet that specialize in individual cities and regions across the United States. Prices vary – Expiration’s vary – Locations vary – Bonus sections vary

For nearly 50 years, Entertainment has been helping people save in tough economic times with the big Entertainment coupon book. Today, more then ever, people realize that the premium 50% off and 2-for-1 coupons found in the book help them save on everyday essentials right in their neighborhood including:

  • Dining
  • Shopping
  • Movie Tickets
  • Groceries
  • Services
  • Travel
  • Attractions
  • Car Care
  • Home Furnishings

Plus, with each book purchase you get online access to hundreds of additional local printable coupons and incredible online shopping discounts not found in the book.

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Here’s another post from this blog about saving money on groceries:

13 Tips For Saving Money On Groceries At The Supermarket

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